(Mirror Daily, United States) Do you know how important this past week has been for mothers and their newborns? The first week in August (1-7 August) is a worldwide celebration, called World Breastfeeding Week, and it is designed to raise awareness on the importance of one of the most natural processes: breastfeeding.
The Global Big Latch On is an association which helps moms with this matter. They were highly supportive of an event during World Breastfeeding Week which gathered hundreds of women and their babies, for a public manifestation of breastfeeding.
There’s no need for doctors to assure anyone that breastfeeding is a normal stage for young mothers. Obviously, women are free to choose whether they want to do it or not, as there are many alternatives to it, such as formula milk. However, there are medically proved advantages of breastfeeding: the child gets healthy nutrients and antibodies that keep his or hers immunity system safe and make it stronger. Mother milk is the recommended nutrient for infants, for at least the first six months of their life, and the process can go on until the baby is about one year old.
There are also some other advantages for women who choose to practice breastfeeding: they are not likely to ever have breast or ovarian cancer because this process prevents the risk of such diseases.
Nevertheless, some disadvantages arise: discomfort, pain, and stress for mothers. Breastfeeding requires much more from them than milk formula feeding, for instance, because babies digest natural milk more quickly. So, they get hungry more times a day than babies who receive other kinds of milk or nourishment.
The good thing is that mothers can choose from the two options. However, using them both at the same time is not recommended. Natural milk is enough nutrient for babies, but they can also be fed with both of them in special cases, such as when there is a problem with the amount of milk produced by the mother.
World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated in different countries, in different ways. Pakistan, for instance, organized seminaries on the subject. According to the percentages and data released by UNICEF, Pakistan is one of the countries where breastfeeding has extremely low rates (only 34%).
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